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subtherapeutic

(sŭb′thĕr-ə-pyo͞o′tĭk)
adj.
Below the dosage levels used to treat diseases: subtherapeutic feeding of penicillin to livestock.

sub′ther·a·peu′ti·cal·ly adv.
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subtherapeutic

(sŭb″thĕr-ŭ-pūt′ĭk) [″ + ″]
1. Less than adequately treated.
2. Taking a drug with a blood level below a desired treatment range. Patients using warfarin for atrial fibrillation, for example, have subtherapeutic anticoagulation when their international normalized ratio (INR) is below 2.0.
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Antibiotics from all of these classes of antibiotics are approved for use in animal husbandry for therapeutic treatment of infection, in disease prevention, or subtherapeutically as growth promoters (McEwen and Fedorka-Cray, 2002; U.S.
A: They're used therapeutically--that is, to treat a specific infection--and they're used subtherapeutically, which means at levels lower than are used to treat an infection, to promote growth.
A: The best example is virginiamycin, an antibiotic that has been used for a number of years subtherapeutically as a growth enhancer in poultry.